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JSU Women's Soccer Team To Host First-Round Playoff Game on Nov. 4

November 4, 2003 -- The Jacksonville State soccer team's inaugural season in the Ohio Valley Conference is shaping up to be a success story.

Not only did the Gamecocks qualify for the OVC tournament in their first year in the league, JSU also earned the right to host a first-round playoff game.

Jax State finished the regular season with a 10-4-4 record with a 4-1-3 mark in conference play. The only OVC loss for the Gamecocks came in the last game of the regular season on the road against OVC champion Samford.

JSU head coach Lisa Howe said the women on her team have worked hard all year to be in the position they are in.

"I am proud of the team for getting to the position we are in now," said Howe. "This was not a position we were picked to be in when the preseason polls were released. Our girls deserve a lot of credit for the success they have had. This will be our first home playoff game ever."

The Gamecocks were initially picked to finish the OVC race in sixth place. The team's conference record was good enough for JSU to be seeded third in the six-team tourney. With the top two squads receiving an automatic bye to the Final Four round, the third-seeded team will host No. 6, while the fourth-seeded team will host No. 5.

The playoff pairings have the Gamecocks slated to take on sixth-seeded Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, November 4th, at 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field. The winner will advance to take on second-seeded Eastern Illinois.

In the other half of the bracket, Tennessee-Martin will travel to Southeast Missouri State in first-round action. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Samford.

All three games in the Final Four round will be played at the Samford University campus in Birmingham. The JSU-TTU winner will play Eastern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. and Samford will play the UT-Martin-SEMO winner at 7 p.m. The championship game is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.

JSU already defeated the Golden Eagles once this year with a 1-0 victory at home. Felicia Guajardo scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of play. The Gamecocks tied Eastern Illinois 1-1 in Charleston, Ill.

Howe added that a large fan base would really help out the team for the first-round game.

"We need as much fan support as we can get," Howe said. "At this point in the season, it is win or your season is over. The more fans we have at Tuesday's game, the better."

For tickets to the Tuesday playoff game call the JSU ticket office at (256)782-5889.


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